In our hay barn, we keep all of our boys. I was worried about the direction the wind was blowing because it was coming in at a strange angle, right through their stall doors and the snow was already so deep that I couldn't get their stall doors closed. Therefore I moved the little boys into our fat camp in the large barn (where all our fat girls live) and moved the fat girls in with our nursing/pregnant skinny girls. I am sure glad I did because the inside of the hay barn was covered in several inches of snow the next morning. The only section that stayed clear was half of the large boys stall because it was far enough from the open doors that the snow did not reach that corner. In the picture below, you can just barely see the big boys in the right corner. We are going to have some major cleaning to do in this barn in the spring.
There were major drifts everywhere on our farm including in the barns where the snow blew through cracks all night. Noah came home Wednesday evening and fired up the tractor and spent a few hours digging our farm out of the snow. Here are some pictures he took the next day after everything was cleared.
The snow is piling up outside the barn doors.
Catch pen full of snow. It is hard to see in the picture, but the snow is more than half way up our 5 foot fence and almost completely covering our 4 foot panels. The gates are impossible to open and close.
The inside of the girls barn. Notice the snow drifts at the far end. There is just a tiny crack under those end doors and all that snow came in and piled up overnight!
As much as I tried to block off the cracks, all this snow still managed to come in over night in the stall that the chickens and ducks hang out in in the winter.
The trusty tractor that dug us out. Every time Noah uses it, he says it is the best purchase we ever made for our farm.
Our driveway and entrance to the farm.
Our side yard and hay field beyond. We unfortunately did not get any pictures of our dogs Roz and Lola out in the snow, but you can see some of their tracks here. You know the snow is deep when your 3 1/2 foot high Great Danes have a hard time getting through it and jump through the snow like bunny rabbits.
Snow on what's left of our wood pile. We go through about 2-3 times this much wood to heat our house per year.
Our other side yard full of snow and dog tracks.
Our house buried in pine trees and snow.
A massive icicle on the outside of our house....this can't be good for our house.
The snow was several feet deep near the road. The snow was piled up so high that it covered the first couple of rungs on our fence in the front yard. I was worried the dogs were going to just jump right over the fence.
On one last note, since it is Groundhogs Day (or at least it was when we got the snowstorm), I should report that the famous Groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, did not see his shadow so spring will come early this year. I sure hope Phil is right because I am not ready for any more nasty snowstorms like the Groundhog's Day Dump or as it was also referred to, the Snowpocalypse and Snowmageddon of 2011. Unfortunately, Phil only tends to be right 39 % of the time. Happy Groundhogs Day everyone!